In 2020 and 2021 there are several common software applications that have been retired and therefore may impact your organization. We will focus on two, Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft Teams using Internet Explorer 11.
Most organizations have been using Adobe Flash player for many years. In many cases, Flash Player is installed when a computer is purchased from the manufacturer. Flash was developed to provide access to multi-media, rich web content, etc.
Adobe began a communication campaign in 2017 to retire Flash due to ongoing performance impacts and security vulnerabilities. While most software manufacturers have been remediating their products to address the retirement of Flash be aware that some custom and commercial applications may not have been updated.
The following is the most recent communication from Adobe. Please note that Flash content will be blocked as of January 12, 2021. It is critical that you test your software applications to confirm they will continue to work without Flash.
Since Adobe is no longer be supporting Flash Player as of December 31, 2020, and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems.
- Since Adobe is no longer supporting Flash Player after the EOL Date, Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021 to help secure users’ systems. Flash Player may remain on the user’s system unless the user uninstalls it.
- Microsoft removed Flash via Windows update as of December 31, 2020.
- Google Chrome forces all Flash content to be approved before use.